I have been thinking a lot about dreams lately. But first let me tell you about the Watermelon Faerie that lives in my back yard. My husband and I planted a garden this year in May. And I was so excited because I planted some watermelon starts I got from a local greenhouse. I couldn't… Continue reading About Dreams and the Watermelon Faerie
The other night I ended up watching Mad Max: Fury Road again. (It’s a long story.) I saw it when it first came out and enjoyed it. But it really struck a chord with me this second time around. And I started thinking about transcendence. Note: This post contains spoilers. Fury Road is the fourth… Continue reading Mad Max: Fury Road and Transcendence
David Abram, in his book Spell of the Sensuous, makes a thought-provoking claim that nature makes us more human. Abram writes, We cannot measure our humanity if we do not have the distance from it we gain from immersing ourselves in nature . . . Without the oxygenating breath of the forests, without the clutch… Continue reading How Nature Makes Us More Human
I am very excited because my art is now available for purchase. If you have perused my blog, you probably know that art is a big part of it. Art has always played an important role in my life. Both viewing and creating it gives me a sense of pleasure, purpose, and hope. Because of… Continue reading My Art is Now Available for Purchase!
What if all of us could live a more playful life? I believe we can. This week I got to interview my friend Paige. I met Paige years ago and knew instantly I wanted to get to know her better. She has mastered the art of embracing a playful life. Paige is the mastermind and… Continue reading Embracing a Playful Life: An Interview with Paige Hankla
It is the one year anniversary of my transition to silver hair. Well, the actual date I decided to go silver is a little hazy in my memory. But it was about this time a year ago, and I am so grateful for my journey thus far. I Love Silver Hair Before I made the… Continue reading The One Year Anniversary of My Transition to Silver Hair
This post is about Bento Boxes. But first I need to tell you something about teaching. I have been a teacher or professor my entire working career. There are many challenging things about being an educator. Engaging students is challenging. Planning meaningful lessons is challenging. Maintaining an orderly classroom is challenging. Grading in a fair… Continue reading I have Discovered Bento Boxes, and It Is Pretty Exciting
This post is about the adventures of Izzy the cat, a kitty who came into our life several years ago. He is a brave kitty, and I think you might like to hear about him. This is his story. My husband and I were in graduate school for quite a few years. He’s a sociologist,… Continue reading The Adventures of Izzy the Cat
Happy Snail is one of my favorite characters to draw and paint. Happy Fall, Friends!
I have titled this post “How to Save the World Quietly” because I think we often believe that if the world is to be saved, we must do it in big, spectacular ways—like discovering the cure for cancer or brokering peace between warring nations. Of course, people sometimes save the world in big ways like… Continue reading How to Save the World Quietly